@Palmolive fox Until now I'd been sucked in by the marketing of cartridge razors and foam-in-a-can solutions to shaving! What I've found is that changing over to DE shaving is not just financially sensible but offers other advantages, which at first seem a little ridiculous if I'm honest, but do count for something. Chief amongst these is getting 'me-time' - it's just 15 minutes out of the day when I can take my time to sort myself out. Then there's the feeling of practicing and improving some form of craft, the sound of the razor when cutting, the ritual of it; I could go on, but it has turned shaving from a daily chore to something that I look forward to. I also think I got very lucky in that my grandfather's razor was a Gillette Tech, known to be mild razor, and I've just had great results from it straight-away (although I did have to do some Googling on how to shave... that says something to... I'm 47 and I'm having to learn how to shave!).